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Not the best machine for snow removal...

But an absolute beast when it comes to leaf removal.... Just finished the first of several leaf clean-ups on my lawn between now and December. Had a Craftsman 4-in-1 Lawn Vacuum for a little over 10 years. Engine was getting tired and needed new rings. Decided to treat myself with the Billy Goat KV650H. This machine is designed for commercial use and built like a tank. Powered by a Honda GSV190 (187cc's) the suction power is incredible!!! Could get a little ugly if a squirrel darts too close to the intake snout while the machine is running. Leaf reduction is around 8:1, and the 4 bushel bag provides outstanding pack-out before needing to be emptied. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the design, power, ease of use, and bag capacity of this machine. Should make fall clean-up a little more manageable and tolerable this year.
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Looks like quite the beast! Congratulations.
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Cool, always fun getting new toys, sweet blower. Is everything plastic on the vac, the lower deck, and wheels? Does a wand plug onto the front for beds and stuff? Looks nice
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Boy, I'll say. Looks like squirrels, other small critters and anything that isn't nailed down could be sucked right up. Bet it sure beats raking.

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Cool, always fun getting new toys, sweet blower. Is everything plastic on the vac, the lower deck, and wheels? Does a wand plug onto the front for beds and stuff? Looks nice
The lower deck and impeller housing are steel. The font snout is ABS plastic and the wheel hubs seem to be a composite plastic wrapped with hard rubber tread. The front and rear wheels are 12" in diameter and mated to solid axles that are about 5/16" thick and run the entire width of the machine. Even with a full bag of leaves, this machine is almost effortless to push with the ball bearing 12" wheels. I was all set to buy the self propelled version with dual chain driven sprockets on both real axles, however the dealer insisted self propelled wasn't needed unless the terrain was steep or excessively hilly. His advice was spot on. Machine performed flawlessly and with very little effort. Not a big fan of raking leaves so the less I have to do..the better.

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Nice machine, too bad it didn't also mulch them on the way into the bag.
What happens if you happen to accidentally suck up something sharp with that?
Like a rock or tree branch?

I just mulch mine up with the mulching lawnmower, good for the lawn.
If I have a lot left on the grass after I run them over a few times with the mower I then use my leaf blower/ vacuum mulcher and suck them up and mulch them again, then I empty the bag around my bushes.

Or else I blow them to the neighbors fence and vacuum them up and over into his garden. He takes in leaves for his garden and runs them over and over with his mower. A few neighbors keep him supplied with a ton of leaves.

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Nice machine, too bad it didn't also mulch them on the way into the bag.
What happens if you happen to accidentally suck up something sharp with that?
Like a rock or tree branch?)
The machine is designed to handle leaves and litter. It shreds leaves down to very fine pieces (8:1 reduction) which I can bag or compost into my garden. I get way too many leaves to mulch into my lawn, so I'll mulch a bag for the garden then bag the rest and haul it to the town compost.

It will also handle small sticks less than 1/2" diameter and acorns with no problems. Dealer sucked up an aluminum soda can and a plastic water bottle with his demo machine just to show me how well it shreds. Looked like someone ran the can and bottle through a paper shredder. Nothing left but a handful of small pieces.

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Nice machine, too bad it didn't also mulch them on the way into the bag.
?? I think he posted it mulches 8:1. Is that what you're meaning?

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?? I think he posted it mulches 8:1. Is that what you're meaning?
I missed that.

I guess my leave blower/vacuum mulcher is a 100:1? It almost turns a leaf to dust. But I have to carry it around, nothing like his leaf vacuum. If I suck up a soda can I think my mulcher part would break.

What is there inside that does the reduction? Is there a blade? Or just some kind of fan type wheel that dissects the leaves?

I never looked at one to see how it operates.

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